Our Staff and Trustees (Directors)
Located in Munlochy on the Black Isle, Highland Birchwoods currently employs 8 staff.
The organisation comprises a management team who work closely with the Board of Trustees, together with a multi-skilled team of project managers. Our staff have many years experience of managing and delivering both large and small projects with a variety of funding, from European to local Scottish sources, and can also provide GIS (mapping), ecological surveying and woodland/woodfuel advice. Their main areas of current expertise are shown below under 'Projects & Services Team'.
Projects & Services Team
Stewart MeikleCommercial & Administrative Manager
Tel: 01463 811606
Email: stewart dot meikle at highlandbirchwoods dot co dot uk
Stewart has significant experience in the Forestry and Environmental sector. He has been involved in assisting a number of organisations in securing funding for large scale capital projects including Argyll College, Scrabster Harbour Trust and An Talla on Tiree. He has also undertaken significant work for EU funding bodies, assisting in the auditing and checking of project claims. Stewart has an excellent range of contacts throughout the sector, and brings valuable commercial experience to the organisation.
Christopher KerrTraining Development and Coordinator Officer
Tel: 01463 811606
Email: christopher dot kerr at highlandbirchwoods dot co dot uk
Chris is our Training, Development and Coordinator Officer who is arranging events and courses for local companies in the Highlands based around the forestry industry. Before starting with Highland Birchwoods he worked in the voluntary sector for a range of different organisations across the UK, after his time at Univeristy where he studied Environmental Sciences at Bath Spa University. Chris has also an involvement in the Mountain Woodland Project, helping in the running of events and courses.
William BodlesMountain Woodland Project Manager
Tel: 07853 277335
Email: william dot bodles at highlandbirchwoods dot co dot uk
Billy is our Mountain Woodland specialist and is at his happiest down on his knees identifying specialist montane plants, even out in the rain and with the midges. Billy initially studied Botany and then went on to do a PhD in Forestry and a post doc on diseases of Scots pines and plantation forests. He joined Highland Birchwoods in 2005 as Project Manager for the North Sea Bioenergy project and subsequently went on to run the Action for Mountain Woodland project. As an experienced provider of training courses and seminars he has successfully transferred his enthusiasm for this magnificent habitat to school children and adults. He regularly leads groups of eager volunteer plant surveyors out into the remote areas of Scotland looking for rare willows. Billy brings a high level of specialist knowledge and extensive management experience to both our ecology and woodfuel teams and a somewhat disturbing passion for long distance mountain bike marathons!
Board of Trustees (Directors)
Archie Prentice runs successful environmental services businesses Practically Green and Carbon Diagnostics. These aim to help clients engage with practical environmental management activity and the emerging low carbon agenda. He has a growing portfolio of clients including national and regional Government funded agencies, UK Government funded and NGO international activity, the Carbon Trust and a range of regional private and community sector clients. He works with a growing number of clients on a retained basis. Prior to this Archie was employed in Highlands and Islands Enterprise for 13 years. Initially as the organisation’s lead economist Archie was involved in the appraisal of significant projects and provided input to large national research projects and studies. He was seconded to Scottish Natural Heritage, the Government’s natural heritage advisor between 2002 and 2005 to help the agency improve its capacity to engage with socio-economic issues. Returning to HIE after his secondment he was appointed the organisation’s first Sustainability and Environment Manager. Archie has an MSc from Aberdeen University and a MBA from the Open University. He is an Associate of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.
Doug Lamont, Wood Fibre Procurement Manager based in Inverness for the wood panel manufacturer Norbord from 1987 until his retirement in 2012, previously worked in various locations in Scotland and England, as a qualified forester for Tilhill Forestry and also as a forestry contractor. In addition he had a four year spell with the Forestry Commission. Prior to choosing a career in forestry Doug spent six years in marketing and marketing research. During his forestry career Doug was Chairman of the North East Forestry Training Action Group, a Director of Grampian Woodlands, Secretary of the United Kingdom Wood Processing Association, sat on the Cairngorms Working Party and advised on Highland Council's Indicative Forestry Strategies. He is a member of the Highland & Islands Forestry Cluster steering committee and sits on the Highland Timber Transport Group.